This Unique DIY Robe Can Also Be Worn as an Elegant Wrap Dress

by The SILEM
6 Materials
3 Hours

This tutorial will show you how to make a simple DIY robe. Because it wraps around and has an extended sleeve, this unique DIY robe can also be worn as a wrap dress. You can decide which you want, and make it whatever length you like.

Tools and materials:

  • 3 Yards of Ankara fabric
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
Measuring, shaping and cutting the fabric

1. Shape and cut back piece

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and use the fold as the vertical center front of the robe. Mark the following points from what will be the top of the robe:

  • Shoulder width divided by 2
  • Full sleeve length
  • Distance from shoulder to bust
  • Distance from shoulder to under bust
  • Distance from shoulder to hip
  • Distance from shoulder to hem

Extend all of those marks by chalking straight lines across the fabric. You know have a sort of grid across the fabric indicating where the robe will fall on different parts of your body.

Now you need to mark some body widths. Divide your bust circumference by 4, add one inch for seam allowance and mark that on the fabric along the bust point line. Do the same for your hip circumference measurement, and mark that on the hip line. Draw a line from the point on the bust line to the point on the hip line. Mark the same hip circumference measurement along the bottom hemline and connect that point to the hip line point.

Next, measure your arm circumference, divide by 2 and add one inch for seam allowance. Mark that measurement on the fabric. Continue your chalk outline from the bust to create the sleeve outline.

Cutting the Ankara fabric

To see how to create, connect, and cut all of these measurements, watch the video from 1:13 to 3:15.

Finally, mark the depth and width of the neckline on the fabric. Since the fabric is folded, only mark half the width of the neckline.

Shaping the front of the DIY robe

2. Cut the front piece

Fold the remaining fabric in half. Fold the back piece in half and use it as your pattern for the front piece. Place the folded back piece on the open edge of the back fabric, not on the fold. The front piece is going to wrap over the back piece, so it will need to be much wider.

Place a mark on the fold of the fabric 10 inches below the top. Then, draw a curve on the front piece fabric from the top of the neckline point on the back piece to the 10-inch mark you just made.

Cut out the front piece and cut open along the fold, so you have two front pieces. 

Making the edge band for the DIY robe

3. Make the edge band

With fabric doubled, cut a piece of fabric 3 inches wide and as long as possible with your fabric. This band will attach to the robe from the center bottom of one front side, up, around the neckline and down the other front side, so it needs to be really long.

Sew the short ends of the two band pieces together to make an even longer strip. Fold the band in half lengthwise and iron it flat.

Sewing the DIY robe piece together

4. Attach the pieces

Place one of the front pieces on top of the back piece, right sides facing, aligning the body and sleeve. Sew along the shoulder and outside sleeve. Fold in the sleeve hem and sew.

Now, sew the underarm and down the side seam, shaping the sleeve as necessary to account for the needed sleeve width. Repeat the same process to attach the other front piece.

Attaching the band to the robe

5. Attach the band

Sew the long band to the robe, right sides together, starting at the bottom front center, going up, around the neck and down the other side. Trim off the excess band at the bottom.

DIY robe

It may be a little difficult to see in this picture, but here is the final result!

How to make a robe

You can also use leftover fabric to make a matching tie belt if you wish, like the one in this image.

Suggested materials:
  • 3 Yards of Ankara fabric
  • Thread
  • Scissors
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